Bob Marley played out I Shot the Sheriff; Abhishek Bachchan talked about MPs. Nelly Furtado advised everyone to Say What You Want. With bright lights and guitar riffs, rockstars have convinced youth to vote.
Similarly, Bandra’s Mount Carmel Church put together a mix of rock bands, street plays, games and lots of food to persuade the youth to vote. Almost 1,000 people came for the youth mela on Saturday evening.
“People are always saying that the youth are indifferent to politics, but if we present it to them in away that they relate to, they can be very active citizens,” said Father Warner, who has organised the event, with 20 volunteers all aged between 16 and 28.
There were 10 game stalls, all based on political and civic themes. For example, a stall called Bolti Bandh had a cutout of a corrupt politician with a gaping hole for a mouth. Throw the ball through the mouth and the politician’s bolti is bandh.
Non-government organisations, many of which have sprung up only for the elections, doled out pamphlets and explained about the voting process and candidates.
Candidates Priya Dutt and Mahesh Jethmalani visited the fair and talked to the people.
“I came here to listen to the bands and as I was walking around, I ended up learning about the background of the candidates standing from my constituency. I wasn’t even sure what my constituency was called,” said 19-year-old Pratik Agarwal.